Learning To Love Difficult People

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18 NIV)

One of the most important skills we can develop as we walk with Christ is to love difficult people.

Here are four methods Jesus modeled when he encountered difficult people:

  • Realize you can't please everybody. Even God can't do that! Refuse to play games (Matthew 22:18).
  • Learn to say no to unrealistic expectations. Confront them by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).
  • NEVER retaliate (Matthew 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.
  • Pray for them (Matthew 5:44). It will help both of you. Let God speak to them.

 

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

 

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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